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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9800M GT SLI GeForce GTX 280M
Cyberpunk 2077 742% 724%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 670% 654%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 645% 629%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 645% 629%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 586% 571%
FIFA 21 325% 316%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1107% 1082%
Watch Dogs Legion 712% 695%
Genshin Impact 742% 724%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1085% 1060%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce 9800M GT SLI.

The GeForce GTX 280M was released less than a year after the 9800M GT, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce 9800M GT SLI and the GeForce GTX 280M have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The 9800M GT has 41.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 280M, which means that the memory performance of the 9800M GT is noticeably better than the GeForce GTX 280M.

The GeForce 9800M GT SLI has 192 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 280M has 128. However, the actual shader performance of the 9800M GT is 96 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 280M is 187. The GeForce GTX 280M having 91 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 9800M GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 280M transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9800M GT. This means that the GeForce GTX 280M is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9800M GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce GTX 280M should consume less power than the 9800M GT.

The GeForce 9800M GT SLI requires 130 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 280M requires 75 Watts. The 9800M GT requires 55 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 280M to run. The difference is significant enough that the 9800M GT may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 280M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs585 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureG92 (x2)Tesla G92-N10E-GTX
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Jul 2008vs01 Mar 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs950 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth102.4GB/secvs60.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units192vs128
Actual Shader Performance5%vs9%
Texture Mapping Units-vs64
Texture Rate-vs37.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs16
Pixel Rate-vs9.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power130 Wattsvs75 Watts
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GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL2.1vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

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Recommended RAM--
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution--

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 9800M GT SLI is a solution of two GeForce 9800M GT put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
Check the page of GeForce 9800M GT to know more about its chip.
As usual, SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, up to X% better than a single GeForce 9800M GT performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports SLI or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single GeForce 9800M GT.
A few demanding games will run at the highest settings with fluent frame rates (30+) but overall most games will require reduced settings to be played optimally.
GeForce GTX 280M is the second most powerful GPU of the 200M Series released by NVIDIA in 2009/2010. The biggest hindrance it has is the fact that it only supports DirectX up to 10 so DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
It uses the 'G92b' architecture, similar to the one 9800M GTX has but was manufactured at 55nm, instead of 65nm. It also features extra Pipelines as well as increases core frequencies so the performance is much better but still nothing like its desktop version - GeForce GTX 280. It's technically a slower GeForce GTX 285M.
Compared to powerful Mobile GPUS (e.g. GTX 485M, Radeon HD 6990M), GeForce GTX 280M is not far behind and it's capable of playing demanding games (like Crysis 2) at high settings. However, very demanding games like Metro 2033 can only be played at medium settings.
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